People typically see counsellors because they are experiencing difficulties with relationships, friends, family, and/or work. Consider the sample questions that follow. Are you:
- * Continuously feeling sad, blue, down or irritable?
- * Having difficulty stopping or controlling worries?
- * Feeling fearful/anxious about and avoiding social situations or specific objects or situations (e.g. flying)?
- * Experiencing intrusive and repetitive thoughts or images and/or continuously repeating certain acts to reduce the distress you feel?
- * Re-experiencing horrific events that may have happened to you, or that you witnessed, in dreams, flashbacks, or memories?
- * Worrying excessively about your physical health?
- * Experiencing sexual difficulties or issues around gender and sexuality?
- * Feeling bullied or harassed at work?
- * Not making the progress in your career that you expect?
- * Experiencing verbal or physical domestic violence?
- * Grieving the loss of someone or a relationship break-up?
- * Unable to trust other people?
- * Focussing too heavily on getting everything perfect and in control?
- * Avoiding other people because you feel inferior and fear being criticised?
- * Needing someone to take care of you to the point that you feel clingy or submissive?
- * Feeling frustrated that other people don’t recognise your accomplishments?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions then counselling may be of real benefit to you.